In Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, ZZ Packer portrays religion much in contrary to how many people expect religion to be portrayed. Every Tongue Shall Confess . ZZ Packer uses a specific technique in writing this story which helps it accomplish its overall goal. The use of backstory (or flashback even). ZZ Packer’s “Every Tongue Shall Confess” delves into a woman named Clareese Mitchell who is a nurse, and a devout Christian who deals with the pressures.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: After her mother, struggling with drug addiction, leaves the small town tongye Atlanta, Tia is left to live with her very strictly evangelical Christian aunt. Packer seems to be questioning, not religion per say, but the false piety that exists in the world.

This simple sentence takes us from the church to immediately back to the hospital where she works. Email required Address never made public. She goes on to discuss her opinion that Republicans exploit many very religious individuals’ fear of change and straying from Christian values, in order to gain votes and support.

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One of the prominent themes in Drinking Coffee Elsewhere is religion. Skip to content March 14, ravendillard. Confees grows up in the strict Black evangelical tradition also described in Packer’s essay: This leads us to a flashback, showing the backstory of her meeting Cleophus, one of her current patients.

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Backstory in “Every Tongue Shall Confess”

If she’d been married, Deacon McCreedy wouldn’t have dared do what he did; if she’d been married perhaps she’d also be working fewer shifts at the hospital, perhaps she would have never met that patient–that man–who’d almost gotten her fired! Clareese transitions to some backstory when she starts to think about her former testimonies. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Powered by Create your own unique website with customizable templates.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. What this also means is that the backstory is not necessarily revealed in its entirety immediately. In the first transition Clareese is prompted to introduce part of the backstory by Deacon McCreedy.

tonbue Packer included confesss of her own religious upbringing in her writing, demonstrating that this issue is not that of fantasy, but one that occurs daily; The Purity Myth further proves this point. Themes in Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. They are expected to attend church, church events, and religious education, where they need to learn to “speak in tongues” to prove their religious devotion.


You are commenting using your Twitter account. I want you to cry tears for Jesus,'” page Elizabeth ‘s review May 11, We take abuse seriously in our discussion boards. This story further complicates the idea of religiousness with Clareese wanting to convert one of the men she is nursing back to health, whose name is Cleophus. Search for a book to add a reference. The tense does not change until the character is prompted by something or someone. Veery months ago she’d been reading evrey book of Micah and posed the idea of a Book of Micah discussion group to Deacon Jeffers and he’d said, ‘Oh, Sister Clareese!

This story jumps back from present to past, almost interchangeably.

When she sees Deacon McCreedy, it sets off the start of a backstory that is important to confdss rest of the story. ZZ Packer uses a specific technique in writing this story which helps it accomplish its overall goal. This documentary, based on the book written by Jessica Valenti, discusses the idea that the value of a woman lies “between her legs, literally,” while the value of a man is based upon his strength of character and intellect.